Category 'Gardens'

Remodeling and Home Design
For the second year running, we are delighted to announce that Houzz have given us their 'Best of 2015' Design award. Houzz is a leading platform for home design enthusiasts and professionals, with a community of more than 25 million users around the world. Visit them at www.houzz.co.uk for a host of inspirational design ideas.

P1010862 Recently we revisited clients in South Hampstead, to take a look at the planting we had designed for their terrace. The Phormium tenax, Buxus sempervirens balls and Chamaerops humils palms are providing excellent evergreen structure which will continue to give interest throughout the year. When we visited, the soft white Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' and Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' were looking beautiful and lighting up this dark and shady corner.

Yet again, we are delighted to say that one of our gardens has been featured on Houzz, an excellent site to inspire you with the very best of home design ideas. Click on the title below to read Jo Froude's article on how to get the most from your garden at this time of year.

P1000533 Front gardens are extremely important in welcoming our visitors, creating an important first impression and giving a property kerb appeal. And yet we often neglect them, as we make a dash for our front door... Last autumn, our clients in Hampstead Garden Suburb decided that they were bored with their uninspiring stretch of front lawn and asked us redesign the space. We designed a garden with traditionally English beds, sympathetic to the feel of this arts and crafts conservation area. Now the garden is framed with borders and the pathway lined with beautiful David Austin standard roses, underplanted with lavender, Buxus sempervirens and Geranium 'Patricia.'

P1000369 Many more people are now wanting to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs, giving them fun, satisfaction and peace of mind about where their food is coming from. Last autumn we created a design in the style of a kitchen garden, which combines structured, evergreen planting with soft perennials and a variety of edibles. Here you can see that the thyme and chives are now blooming, and sit happily alongside grasses and geraniums. Beans have just been planted around the wicker obelisk and the courgettes will soon grow to fill the last remaining gaps.

P1000064This week we took a day out from designing our own gardens, to see what other garden designers are up to at the RHS Chelsea Flower show. Whilst Luciano Giubbilei's Laurent-Perrier Garden was the judges' choice for Best in Show, my personal favourite was The Telegraph Garden, designed by Del Buono and Gazerwitz. Their simple but fabulously stylish garden combined cushions of Buxus sempervirens, structured Tilia and soft perennial planting to create a gorgeous Italianate garden with a modern twist.

This week we were delighted to be featured in an editorial for Houzz, one of the leading websites for home design inspiration. Click on the title below to see our garden featured and clever alfresco ideas for urban dwellers.

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DSCN0030 As the weather begins to warm up, spring flowering plants are bringing our gardens to life. These beautiful hellebores and Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' were planted last autumn and are perfect for brightening up this shady woodland corner.

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 16.32.17 This week we have been working on the design of a new roof terrace in central London. This image shows how the planting will look when the garden is completed. Watch this space for more images as the project progresses.

IMGP4087 Our clients in Kentish Town wanted to update their family garden and create a more grown-up space in which to relax. We have redesigned the garden to give them a space in which to while away the hours, amongst the architectural plantings of tree ferns, phormiums and chamaerops humilis. Look out for more photos of the planting as it comes to life in the spring.

IMGP3888 This week we have started work on our latest garden build, in the delightfully tranquil setting of Village Road conservation area, Finchley. The garden has been cleared of unwanted shrubs and weeds and new areas of lawn and planting created.  Existing stone has been relaid and combined with Cotswold gravel to to create a curvaceous pathway. The new beds and borders are being dug over and compost added, in preparation for autumn planting.  The planned planting will have a soft informal feel and include lavender, poppies and grasses in the sunnier areas and ferns and hellebores in shadier beds.  Watch this space to see how the garden develops over the coming weeks.

IMGP3751 Over the summer we took time out to travel around New England and gain inspiration from their many gorgeous gardens. The enviably uneaten hostas, exotic plantings and huge hydrangeas were a real inspiration.

[caption id="attachment_1934" align="alignnone" width="300"]RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013[/caption] Despite the unseasonably cold weather yesterday, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was chock-a-block with visitors, queuing to see the latest trends in garden design. Undaunted bye the chilly temperatures, many were still seen sporting summer dresses and strappy sandals (albeit with blue toes) and sipping summery Pimms cocktails (maybe they should consider serving hot toddies next year...). Whilst the RHS judges decided that the Trailfinders Australian Garden was the Best Show Garden, for me the highlights were The Telegraph Garden by Christopher Bradley Hole and the gorgeously vibrant planting of Chris Beardshaw's Arthritis Research Garden (seen above). Planting like this is enough to make anybody feel just that little bit warmer...

IMGP2233 Despite the rain, we have been brightening up our clients' gardens with planted pots of cheerful spring flowers. These daffodils, primula, crocus and voila will give your garden a burst of colour - whatever the weather. Give us a call if you would like us to brighten up your pots, planters and window boxes.

IMGP2116 The arrival of snowdrops (otherwise known as Galanthus) is one of the first signs that spring is approaching. Now is a perfect time to plant snow drops 'in the green.' They will reappear every year to brighten your drab winter garden.

In frosty February, your garden may not be at the forefront of your mind, given the bitterly cold weather we've been having. It is tempting to shut the door at the beginning of winter and forget about the garden until the sunnier weather arrives. But now is actually an excellent time to redesign your outside space, whether you are thinking of implementing a new garden layout or replanting a garden border. Planning and preparation work can be carried out now, ready for planting up the garden once the threat of frosts has passed. And then, when summer eventually arrives, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy.....

  Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' Want to brighten up your garden on these dull winter days?  A winter planting scheme can give your garden all year round interest.  Plant gorgeous Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' like these in Anglesey Abbey's Winter Garden.

Dividing the space is another design ruse often employed to make a small area appear larger. The division may be in the form of e.g. a latticework screen, or a line of trees, shrubs or tall potted plants. Through the dividing screen, the rest of the garden can be glimpsed giving the illusion of more area. Using small-leafed plants (but not necessarily small plants) in a small area gives a greater feeling of spaciousness than using plants with large leaves. Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple), Pittosporum ‘James Stirling’, Buxus sempervirens (Box), Viola labradorica (Labrador Violet), and Cymbalaria muralis (Kennilworth Ivy) are all useful plants. The colours that are chosen are important in small gardens. Avoid a confusion of bright colours which look crowded and busy. Soft blues and lavenders suggest distance while hot colours like reds, yellows and oranges bring things closer. tardis Where space is at a premium, gardeners should consider combining plants with differing phenology e.g. combining spring flowering and autumn flowering bulbs so that one lot is dormant while the other lot is flowering and allowing winter-flowering creepers to climb through the branches of deciduous shrubs to provide winter colour. By purchasing standards or removing lower limbs from trees and shrubs, the area below may be used for additional planting. Too much variety creates a feeling of clutter. A simple planting scheme of a few species often works best in a confined area.

25
Feb

The best of Houzz 2015

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For the second year running, we are delighted to announce that Houzz have given us their ‘Best of 2015’ Design award. Houzz is a leading platform for home design enthusiasts and professionals, with a community of more than 25 million users around the world. Visit them at www.houzz.co.uk for a host of inspirational design ideas.

6
Oct

South Hampstead Terrace Garden

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Recently we revisited clients in South Hampstead, to take a look at the planting we had designed for their terrace. The Phormium tenax, Buxus sempervirens balls and Chamaerops humils palms are providing excellent evergreen structure which will continue to give interest throughout the year. When we visited, the soft white Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ and Hydrangea […]

25
Sep

As featured on Houzz

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Yet again, we are delighted to say that one of our gardens has been featured on Houzz, an excellent site to inspire you with the very best of home design ideas. Click on the title below to read Jo Froude’s article on how to get the most from your garden at this time of year. […]

18
Jun

English Cottage Garden

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Front gardens are extremely important in welcoming our visitors, creating an important first impression and giving a property kerb appeal. And yet we often neglect them, as we make a dash for our front door… Last autumn, our clients in Hampstead Garden Suburb decided that they were bored with their uninspiring stretch of front lawn […]

1
Jun

North London Kitchen Garden

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Many more people are now wanting to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs, giving them fun, satisfaction and peace of mind about where their food is coming from. Last autumn we created a design in the style of a kitchen garden, which combines structured, evergreen planting with soft perennials and a variety of edibles. […]

25
May

Chelsea Flower Show

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This week we took a day out from designing our own gardens, to see what other garden designers are up to at the RHS Chelsea Flower show. Whilst Luciano Giubbilei’s Laurent-Perrier Garden was the judges’ choice for Best in Show, my personal favourite was The Telegraph Garden, designed by Del Buono and Gazerwitz. Their simple […]

5
Apr

As featured on Houzz

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This week we were delighted to be featured in an editorial for Houzz, one of the leading websites for home design inspiration. Click on the title below to see our garden featured and clever alfresco ideas for urban dwellers. Garden ideas: 10 Clever Alfresco Ideas for Urban Dwellers Kitchen ideas, bathroom ideas, and more ∨ […]

15
Mar

Shady spring planting

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As the weather begins to warm up, spring flowering plants are bringing our gardens to life. These beautiful hellebores and Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ were planted last autumn and are perfect for brightening up this shady woodland corner.

7
Feb

West End Roof Terrace

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This week we have been working on the design of a new roof terrace in central London. This image shows how the planting will look when the garden is completed. Watch this space for more images as the project progresses.

15
Jan

Contemporary Kentish Town Garden

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Our clients in Kentish Town wanted to update their family garden and create a more grown-up space in which to relax. We have redesigned the garden to give them a space in which to while away the hours, amongst the architectural plantings of tree ferns, phormiums and chamaerops humilis. Look out for more photos of […]

6
Sep

A Village Garden in the Heart of London

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This week we have started work on our latest garden build, in the delightfully tranquil setting of Village Road conservation area, Finchley. The garden has been cleared of unwanted shrubs and weeds and new areas of lawn and planting created.  Existing stone has been relaid and combined with Cotswold gravel to to create a curvaceous […]

14
Aug

Summer inspiration

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Over the summer we took time out to travel around New England and gain inspiration from their many gorgeous gardens. The enviably uneaten hostas, exotic plantings and huge hydrangeas were a real inspiration.

23
May

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

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Despite the unseasonably cold weather yesterday, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was chock-a-block with visitors, queuing to see the latest trends in garden design. Undaunted bye the chilly temperatures, many were still seen sporting summer dresses and strappy sandals (albeit with blue toes) and sipping summery Pimms cocktails (maybe they should consider serving hot toddies […]

8
Mar

Planted pots for Spring

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Despite the rain, we have been brightening up our clients’ gardens with planted pots of cheerful spring flowers. These daffodils, primula, crocus and voila will give your garden a burst of colour – whatever the weather. Give us a call if you would like us to brighten up your pots, planters and window boxes.

20
Feb

Glorious Galanthus

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The arrival of snowdrops (otherwise known as Galanthus) is one of the first signs that spring is approaching. Now is a perfect time to plant snow drops ‘in the green.’ They will reappear every year to brighten your drab winter garden.

8
Feb

Begin your garden planning now….

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In frosty February, your garden may not be at the forefront of your mind, given the bitterly cold weather we’ve been having. It is tempting to shut the door at the beginning of winter and forget about the garden until the sunnier weather arrives. But now is actually an excellent time to redesign your outside […]

25
Jan

Winter gardening

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  Want to brighten up your garden on these dull winter days?  A winter planting scheme can give your garden all year round interest.  Plant gorgeous Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ like these in Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Garden.

16
Jan

Making your small garden seem larger

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Dividing the space is another design ruse often employed to make a small area appear larger. The division may be in the form of e.g. a latticework screen, or a line of trees, shrubs or tall potted plants. Through the dividing screen, the rest of the garden can be glimpsed giving the illusion of more […]